moto-mule a cargo trailer to pull behind your dual sport motorcycle

Discussion in 'Vendors' started by MrBracket, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. smash81

    smash81 Been here awhile

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    You made the Killboy Highlights this week

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  2. MrBracket

    MrBracket Been here awhile

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    I've shipped almost ten trailers up to Canada, but I haven't gotten any feedback about registering them, sorry. Hopefully one of the guys up there will offer up some info here.
  3. HSRacer

    HSRacer Banned

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    Have you ever made a hitch to fit a maxi scooter?
  4. MrBracket

    MrBracket Been here awhile

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    Not yet, does it have a hollow rear axle??
  5. HSRacer

    HSRacer Banned

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    No, they don't really use a traditional dirt bike axle. It's the engine on one side and the muffler on the other.
    I've seen some custom hitches that attach to the frame of some scooters.
  6. HSRacer

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  7. Lizrdbrth

    Lizrdbrth Wackjob

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    Thanks for that.

    I've seen a lot of impressive pics of MotoMules in action, but now I'm truly humbled.
  8. bee-rad

    bee-rad n00b

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    This past long weekend I was able to turn the moto-mule into a rocket. This trailer is well travelled & likely the first of many to sport such wear and tear. I will fab up a means of further support to the upper portion of the headstay soon.

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  9. MrBracket

    MrBracket Been here awhile

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    Wow! You get the award for the first catastrophic failure!!

    How much weight did you have in it? Under what circumstances did it break?

    Will you please email me a few close up pics of the break? Or better yet, take it apart and ship it to me and I'll fix it for you. I'd like to learn from it so that future trailers will be better.

    Mike
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  10. Mr. Fisherman

    Mr. Fisherman PROUD 2B Riff Raff!

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    I recently finished another 18 day, 1730 mile adventure with mine... then a couple more rallies... still loving it and sending a LOT of potiential buyers your way...

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  11. etingelefunts

    etingelefunts retem-odo

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    Photo as promised;
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    Also ditched the "hugger" fender. It packs with mud and acts like a reverse thruster when/if it locks up the tire.

    Now if only I can get a motomule.com decal set for the new rear fender :D
  12. greatnortoni

    greatnortoni Been here awhile

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    More pics of that red Jeep in the background please! :clap
  13. Apple Jam

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    NICE !!

    MrBracket gave me new bearings for mine, due my abuse and neglect,
    I insisted I pay for them, then he just sent them n/c.

    YMMV, but.....What a guy !! :bow

    VERY deserving of more business :norton
  14. etingelefunts

    etingelefunts retem-odo

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    Next upgrade is replacing the modular undercarriage sectioned tube with a single 2" x 2" square tube, .062" wall (same thickness as the round tube which I believe is between 15 to 16 ga)
    Even empty, no gas in cans, she has always had a tendency to weeble wobble after sudden steering input, which feeds back to the bars. The swingarm flexes too. I bushed the axle tube to about .010" over the skewer diameter which helps. After the more rigid square under tube, the swingarm will be replaced with a flipped-around and cut down aluminum swing arm from a donor dirt bike, de-horned with a spliced in head tube using the Moto Mules original head tube bearings.
  15. etingelefunts

    etingelefunts retem-odo

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    Hi Mr Bracket,
    Some user tips for other owners, and an FYI regarding my experience with my beloved trailer;

    During initial assembly I observed the MM web site and assembly instructions and opted to place the rear wheel hub's accessory side (with 4 hole flange) on the right side as seen on the MM web site. Still had to tighten the axle bolt with a little "English" to keep the knobbies off the inner left swingarm. Murphy intervened, and the axle settled towards center where the tire wound up rubbing a deep groove into the steel arm. I had noted during assembly the bearing spacer sleeve protruded out both sides as opposed to being captured between the inner races, protruding more to the accessory flange side on the right, which allowed the tire to favor left where it tended to rub. The distance between the un-sprung axle flanges measures 4.06", yet the cumulative span of the bearing sleeve and 2 aluminum spacers is a mere 3.89. The thinner of the two spacers provided was .210". Fashioning a .375" replacement eliminates the compression of the swingarms during assembly which prevents the swingarms from encroaching on the knobbies as much. Also it appears the left swingarm flange tries to spring inwards when tire is dis-mounted (bent inwards ???), which in theory would help keep the tire off that side, but once the axle nut is snug, it (left swingarm's axle flange) returns to parallel with the opposite side, and the rubbing commences. Flipping the accessory flange towards the left side, centering the internal bearing/axle sleeve, and introducing a thicker spacer to fill the surplus span between the uncompressed axle flanges has pretty much put the tire's knobbies equal distance from either inner swingarm leg. Truing and tightening the fairly new rim's spokes (good SOP in any book) may help further.

    If you ever revise the swingarm for a wider one with more knobby clearance, I'll buy the first one you can spare.
  16. MrBracket

    MrBracket Been here awhile

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    It sounds like your wheel has become "un-true" or it has at least shifted to one side. If you tighten the spokes on the side with too much gap, you can pull the tire away from the swingarm on the opposite side. Be sure to only adjust them a little at a time, and work your away around the whole rim. If the spokes get too tight, you can loosen the ones on the side that is too close to the swingarm. After you get it moved over, true the wheel.
  17. etingelefunts

    etingelefunts retem-odo

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    It runs true within 1/16 minimum to 3/16 (1/8" average) at the rubber, almost perfect at the rim as delivered. Flipping it around proved your point. Just wish there was more that 1/8" clearance per side when centered. Might try a modified YZ80 swingarm for the tire to compliment the larger swingarm that is replacing the front attaching arm.
  18. Cromoth

    Cromoth Inspection due 5_31

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    Nice fender & Rotopax mount! Wish you could put some eyeballs on the Rotopax caps; nobody could follow you with a straight face :rofl
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    Yeah.... Its like a "two-can" bird

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